Notice of Proposed Water Pollution Permit for Kalaeloa and Honolulu Harbors, NPDES File Nos. HI22KG709 and HI22KG710Posted on Feb 3, 2023 in Active Public Notices and Upcoming Public Hearings
Notice of Public Comment Period for
Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor and Honolulu Harbor
Stormwater Management Plan
NPDES File Nos. HI22KG709 & HI22KG710
DOCKET NO. HI22KG709
February 3, 2023
The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH), Clean Water Branch (CWB) is soliciting comments on the Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor and Honolulu Harbor Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP).
The Director of Health has selected the Two-Step General Permit approach to regulate Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (Small MS4s) under the State’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. The first step of the Two-Step process was the adoption of Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Title 11, Chapter 55, Appendix K. The public notice of the SWMP is the second step. Both HAR 11-55, Appendix K and the SWMP will be NPDES permit conditions for the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), Harbors Division Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor and Honolulu Harbor Small MS4s to regulate and impose water pollution control requirements on the discharge of stormwater and certain non-stormwater discharges to receiving State waters, to meet the MS4 permit standard, and to protect water quality.
Both Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor and Honolulu Harbor are located on the south shore of Oahu. Honolulu Harbor is the State’s main port-of-entry where all imported goods first arrive before being redirected with tug-and-barge operations to any of the other commercial ports in the State. Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor is located approximately 21 miles west of Honolulu Harbor.
Honolulu Harbor is one of the largest container handling ports in the United States (US) with over eight million short tons of cargo handled annually. Honolulu Harbor provides facilities for passenger, excursion, research and fishing vessels and supports numerous tenants engaged in commercial fishing and other maritime‐related activities.
Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor is the most recently constructed Hawaii commercial harbor and primarily handles liquid such as petroleum products and dry‐bulk cargos such as coal, cement and scrap metal, along with lesser amounts of miscellaneous general cargo and containers. Commercial ship maintenance and repair facilities are also located there.
The receiving waters, Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor, Honolulu Harbor and Keehi Lagoon are classified as a as Class A Marine Water, Embayment. The objective of Class A waters is to protect their use for recreational purposes and aesthetic enjoyment. The uses to be protected in this class are all uses compatible with the protection and propagation of fish, shellfish, and wildlife, and with recreation in and on these waters.
Persons wishing to comment upon or object to the proposed SWMP or to request a public hearing, should submit their comments or requests in writing no later than 30 calendar days after the date of this notice, either through E-mail at [email protected] or by mail at P.O. BOX 3378, Honolulu, HI 96801‑3378.
Copies of the Notice of Intent (NOI), SWMP, and other information are available for public inspection, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 7:45 a.m. until 4:15 p.m., at the DOH Clean Water Branch office located at 2827 Waimano Home Road, Room 225, Pearl City, HI 96782. Copies may be bought. The NOI and SWMP are also available on the internet at: https://health.hawaii.gov/cwb/clean-water-branch-home-page/public-notices-and-updates/. For more information or if you have special needs due to disability that will aid you in inspecting and/or commenting on the public notice permit and related information, please contact Mr. Darryl Lum, Supervisor of the Engineering Section, CWB, at the above address or (808) 586-4309 (Voice) at least seven (7) calendar days before the comment deadline. For those who use a TTY/TDD, please call through Sprint Relay Hawaii, at 1‑711 or 1-877-447-5991.
All written comments and requests received on time will be considered. If DOH determines that there is significant public interest, a public hearing may be held after at least 30 calendar days of public notice.
Please notify anyone you know who would be interested in this matter.